Charting a Sustainable Future-EU-India Platforms on Energy and Climate Change and Urban Development - EU India Twinning Think Tanks Initiative

Charting a Sustainable Future: EU-India Platforms on Energy and Climate Change and Urban Development

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Charting a Sustainable Future: EU-India Platforms on Energy and Climate Change and Urban Development

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Authored by
Gauri Khandekar & Marc Saxer


Published on
30 October 2016

Excerpt

At their thirteenth summit held on 30th March 2016 in Brussels, the EU and India managed to fillip their strategic partnership through the launch of a bilateral platform on energy and climate cooperation, and the promise of an EU-India forum on urban development, amongst a string of other deliverables. For long now, the EU-India relationship has been fettered in diplomatic rows, political torpidity, bureaucratic bottlenecks, failed forays into foreign policy, beached free trade agreement negotiations and overall loss of momentum. This year’s so-called annual summit – held after a gap of four years – has proved to be one of the most strategic meetings in the chronology of the EU-India relationship by refocusing the partnership onto three areas of global and bilateral significance.